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MINUTES OF COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday, 13th September 2016, 7.00pm, Dumyat Centre Community Room

Present:

In the chair

Stan Paterson

Secretary

Caroline Crawford

Vice-Chair

Jim Gardiner

Menstrie Matters

Linda Matheson

Members present

Christine Kidston
Beth Cook
Obaid Rehman
Rhona Ramsay

Apologies:

Councillor Les Sharp, Central region Council

In attendance:

Councillor Jim Stalker, Central Region Council
Jim Campbell

1. Appointments and resignations

Rhona Ramsay intimated that she will be resigning from the Council as she has taken up further education.

2. Approval of minutes of previous meetings: May 2016 and June 2016

Minutes for 10th May 2016
Minutes for 14th June 2016

Approved: Beth Cook
Seconded: Linda Matheson

3. Matters arising from minutes

CCTV notices have now been installed in the Community Garden.

4. Treasurer's report

As of 13th September the balances were as follows:
Current Account - £11,673.66
Cash in hand - £22.13

5. Community Police report

In the absence of the Community Policeman there was no report to hand.

6. Councillors' reports

Councillor Stalker gave apologies for his non-attendance at the previous two meetings and circulated a written report to all those present.

Since the Labour Group took over the Administration of Clackmannanshire Council he intimated that his current responsibilities are Deputy Provost, Spokesperson for Business and Enterprise and he still retains responsibilities for Education, although Councillor Matchett still leads on this. As a Group they have several priorities, one of which is revamping the services available at CAPs to try and create more of a one-stop shop where more services can be provided. Work is also ongoing on trying to produce a balanced budget for 2017/18.

Clacks Council is also now being included in the Stirling City Deal as equal partners. Government funding will allow the Council to enter into collaborative partnerships with Stirling Council. Anne Pearson who is the new Head of Education is already making huge strides towards improving education in Clacks with the Attainment Challenge funding and additional staffing making a difference.

The new Head of Social Work, who will replace Deirdre Cilliers, is Celia Gray who will take up her post on 3rd October.

7. Menstrie Matters

The deadline for submission of articles for the next issue is 31st October.
Linda would like to see more local people submitting articles for inclusion, which could include birthdays, births etc.

8. Lunch Club

The Lunch Club is due to recommence on the 15th September when it is hoped that more people will come along over the winter months.

9. Correspondence

All correspondence was read and actioned where necessary.

Two letters of thanks were received: One from Menstrie Nursery children for Gary the Magician who entertained them in the Nursery for the Fete Week; and one from Margaret Gardiner on behalf of the Children's Holiday Club which was a big success, thanks to the funding from the EDF Small Grants Fund which is distributed by the Community Council.

Information received re. Community Council Election Nomination Forms which need to be submitted to the Council by Thursday 15th September at the latest.

Letter received from Greenbelt informing us that due to negotiations with the residents breaking down, they would no longer be providing a greenspace service at West Myreton. However they will maintain their health and safety commitments as regards play areas, SuDS and sight lines. As Greenbelt still own the amenity areas, and retain in place public liability insurance, any alternative maintenance of the amenity areas must be referred to Greenbelt in advance, failing which any such activity will be deemed to be undertaken at the other party's own risk.

10. Community Garden

We were successful in getting to the final judging of the Community Garden category at the Council and will await notification of how we fared.

Additional signage will be looked at giving directions as to how to get to the Community Garden. Work will commence soon on emptying the raised beds, tubs and hanging baskets which will be replaced with bulbs etc.

The garden was very successful this year with local residents able to help themselves to the vegetables that were grown.

11. Community Council EDF Small Grants Fund

No further applications have been received to date and there is still £550 free funds to distribute to suitable applicants.

12. Future Dates for Events

27th October Gala Fundraising Bingo Tea
24th November Bingo Tea
8th December Bingo Tea
9th December Christmas Light switch-on
15th December Christmas Carols/Santa at Menstrie Church Hall

13. Any other business

There being no further business the meeting closed at 21.10

Date of next meeting - Tuesday 1th October 2016, preceded by the AGM.

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